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Provincetown: A Bygone Bohemia

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A July 2000 trip to Provincetown by kjlouden

Provincetown Harbor Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: We stayed out of town at Eastham and drove 1/2 hour to Provincetown for two days and evenings. We wanted to savor the "downtown" atmosphere, the dunes, and the ocean.

Provincetown: A Bygone Bohemia

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A Personal Friend of the Biologist Onboard Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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Hearing others' narratives of whale-watching, I realized we had chosen the best boat. The words "oldest family offering whale-watching in Provincetown" were in their ad. We saw whales, and the boat was nice. See "activities." In the evening, we strolled through shops with unique items and past "downtown" activity on the street: clowns, jugglers, mimes. Oh, yes, and afghan hounds! I hadn't seen such beautiful dogs since the last time I was in a beach town with theater people. It was a canine and feline gala! A reminder that we were "downtown," and Provincetown is as downtown as you can get. We chose a Carribbean restaurant and kept warm after dark by their gigantic heater while we watched the...Read More
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We had no interest in staying in Provincetown; our hotel was in Eastham, an ideal location as close as one can get to the National Seashore. You can see the hotel at their website by going to www.fourpoints.com and entering "Eastham" and "MA" into the search. The picture on the front page shows you the tiki bar by the indoor pool. Look closely, and you can see the balconies and patios that adjoin the rooms surrounding the pool. Ours was on the second floor, and we enjoyed our balcony, where one could smoke. The best thing about this hotel was that it was free for us--we belong to Sheraton's Preferred Guest (www.preferredguest.com) and we had points: only 4,000 for weekdays in July of 2000; n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 8, 2001

Four Points by Sheraton Eastham Cape Cod
Route 6
Provincetown, Massachusetts
(508) 255-5000

Bubala's by the Bay

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Restaurant | "Bubala's"

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Bubala's is as far down Commercial Street, the main street downtown, as we got before we had to sit down and sample the cuisine. It was early in July, but cold after dark, but the 7-foot tall heaters were doing a good job of making the large outdoor space comfortable. We got the first table by the railing--that was all that separated us from the parade of pets strutting their hairdos. I was content. Afghan hounds seemed to fit with rum-broiled cod and mango chutney. Dinner was delicious. As I recall, Bubala's offered an extensive and varied menu of exotic dishes, and the service was excellent. Others seemed to agree, as the place was crowded. We were too content outside to check out the bar an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2001

Bubala's by the Bay
183 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-0773

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch

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Attraction | "Whale Watch: Dolphin Fleet of Provincetown"

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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We got our tickets at the Chamber of Commerce building at the head of the wharf and stood in line on MacMillan Wharf for a little while until our "Dolphin" was ready for boarding. The sound system announced that the biologist wanted everyone on the second story deck for the beginning of the trip. There were comfortable benches with backs, where we listened to his explanation of how the whales' feeding grounds had been formed by glacial deposits of rock and how the currents had trapped the nutritious sediment there in the bay to make this one of the best feeding grounds for whales in the world. Then the biologist disappeared to a microphone down under and narrated the entire trip. "Look at three...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 8, 2001

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch
20 Kellies PA / MacMillan Wharf
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02642
(508) 240-3636

Seal Watching

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Call before you go. You'll need detailed directions anyway, and reservations are essential, since these boats are small. One nice thing about the seal boats: the tour directors will drop you off in the morning or early afternoon on Monomoy Island, where you can fish, sun, or try your luck getting close to the seals. Then the boat will pick you up when he has space on the return trip or at a predetermined time. That way, you get to spend the day on a beautiful island wildlife preserve. The island isn't deserted, as many folks enjoy the beach there. As for the seal cruise, it's a bird-watcher's delight also. Two people on our tour were just as interested in the birds as in the seals. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 8, 2001

Seal Watching
Rt. 28
Provincetown, Massachusetts